It is already September, fall/autumn is around the corner. Leaves have started to change their color and soon every leaf will begin to look like a flower. It is the most beautiful time of the year. Great time to be outdoors before winter sets in. There is something else very special about September…the feel of the festivities coming up. Before you know it, the holiday season will be here and for some of us, it is prep time for Diwali ,the festival of lights and yes of course of sweets….which means sugar and a lot of it. I had a sweet tooth growing up and sugar was energy for me…Just the thought of sweet, sugary snacks would bring life in me. Times change and so do we….,observing the effect of refined grains( didn’t know they were refined) and seeing the unwanted weight gain made me change my entire lifestyle.
Be aware of the different names for sugar…..
- cane sugar
- confectioner’s sugar
- molasses(blackstrap molasses)
- cane juice crystals
- castor sugar
- ethyl maltol
- barley malt
- maple syrup
- fruit juice concentrate
- turbinado sugar
- evaporated cane juice
- glucose solids
- high fructose corn syrup
How to stop craving sugar!
Start your 21-day journey today.Each day cut down on little bit sugar,the next day a little bit more. Before you know it 21 days would have passed and you just succeeded in adopting a new healthy habit. You will not have cravings for sugar anymore. If you ever have sugar cravings eat homemade snacks made with powdered nuts and dates. Dates give me the satisfaction of eating something sweet. I also love honey in my green tea . Honey is processed sugar too. Reduce your tea from 2 cups a day to one a day.
What happens when you consume too much Sugar?
Did you know an average American consumes 53 teaspoons of sugar each day and more….
I read this wonderful book by John Robbins “Healthy at 100”. John Robbins actually was the biological heir to the Baskin-Robbins ice cream fortune business. He turned down this wonderful opportunity of taking over his family business after he learned what the Standard American Diet(SAD) was doing to people. The staple food of Standard American diet is still sugar and John Robbins wanted people to grow old with vitality and joy not failing health and sadness.
- Sugar: main reason for weight gain
Fat does not make you fat but sugar that converts into fat will definitely lead to weight gain. One can of soda has up to 12 gms of sugar and an average person consumes at least 55 gallons of soda in a year. When I talk to families about this fact most of the time I get the response…”We don’t drink soda, we have reverted to juices..” .Well , that is even worse. All juices are loaded up with even more sugar than a can of soda. American children between the ages of 6 and 11 consume approximately 19 gallons of juice per year. Avoid soda and sugary juices of any sort from grocery stores.
- Sugar raises the acidic level of your body.
Sodas are 50,000 times more acidic than neutral and your body needs approximately 30 glasses of clean water to balance out one can of soda. The normal pH level of our body ranges between 7.35-7.45. It is not just the sugar in soda and juices that slowly poisons our bodies but also the refined grains. The sugar in white and wheat bread, pasta,white rice..all the “white foods” do not have the grams of sugar listed but believe me ,the minute these foods touch your mouth,the digestive enzymes from your salivary glands convert these foods into sugar within seconds. An acidic body is more prone to diseases and illnesses.
- Sugar can also lead to heart disease.
High sugar diets can lead to inflammatory enzymes and inflammation of the arteries lead to stroke,heart attacks,high blood pressure etc. Manufacturers are so aware of the cheap and addictive sugar and have wonderfully used it in all packaged,boxed foods. These foods seem tasty and you will want to come back for more with not even the slightest awareness that you are making yourself a target for heart disease and of course diabetes and cancer.
- Sugar..your road to diabetes.
Anything that ends with “-ose is sugar, so stay away from it. Dextrose, sucrose, sucralose, maltose,lactose are all refined forms of sugar. Most of us buy foods that are organic and hence also look for “Organic Sugar”. Focus should be on sugar, not the term organic. It just means it is less refined, but nonetheless it is still sugar. Manufacturers were quick to use corn as the number one source for sugar and hence the names high-fructose corn syrup,corn syrup,corn starch, xantham gum, maltodextrin. All of them have the same effect on the body as regular sugar. The hormone insulin works great in moving the sugar from your bloodstream to cells for energy but the daily consumption of sugar has been on the rise and this constant bombardment of sugar in our bodies is too much that the insulin from the pancreas burns out doing its job. That leaves a lot of sugar into the bloodstream, instead of it being transported to the cell membranes. Now there are elevated sugar levels in the body in other words diabetes.
- Sugar is a toxin to your body.
The more sugar you give your body the more work it has to do to detox or flush the toxins out of the body. Drinking clean good water is extremely important which I call the daily water detox. The body requires more energy to get the toxins out than the energy it gets from sugar.
- Sugar causes premature aging.
Sugar is an anti-nutrient for your body and causes illnesses and premature aging. The hormonal and metabolic imbalances caused by sugar cause swinging cortisol and insulin levels. Now, we definitely don’t want to age prematurely.Refined sugar has zero nutrients and enters the blood stream rather quickly causing damage to collagen and elastin the two proteins responsible for youthful skin.
Cheers to healthy living and healthy eating !